“Lunar Lunatics” and Other Superstitions in Healthcare
A superstition is a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. Superstitions are persistent, even when confronted with evidence they are not true. In medical settings, superstitions can be inherited from those that are more experienced or acquired from experience. People who work in healthcare are humans of science. We believe in facts, logic, and evidence. So why are so many of us superstitious?
Last night I was at dinner with a friend and as we were chatting, we were acutely aware of two females at the table next to us. At some point it was noticeable to everyone in our vicinity the ladies were not happy. Both were signaling the waitstaff, complaining about things, and just being difficult. I honestly expected them to start snapping their fingers at the waitress for attention. We had the same waitress and it was obvious she was new, so allowing some grace would have been the kind thing to do. It wasn’t long before Karen Squared asked to speak to a manager to complain, excessively!
Recent Study Identifies Most Successful Radiologists
Breast subspecialty radiologists make up less than 10% of all radiologists, and most mammograms in the US are interpreted by general Radiologists. The demand for all radiologists to interpret screening mammograms is projected to increase as the U.S. population ages and more women comply with screening guidelines.
TMB requirement for Human Trafficking Prevention CE: AHEC course approved and available!
In February 2021, AHEC published a blog about the new Human Trafficking Prevention CE requirement effective 09/1/2020. Following the dissemination of this information, AHEC received numerous calls from Rad Techs inquiring about this new CE requirement. Based on the volume of calls AHEC received over the last several months, it was apparent that TMB’s communications with Texas RTs wasn’t effective enough in reaching or explaining the new requirement.
New Research Study Announced for Radiologic Technologists
Research suggests that the prevalence of depression and anxiety among health care workers is high. However, no research specific to medical imaging or radiation therapy professionals exists. Soon, you will be receiving an email to participate in a research study to address this void in the literature. You will be asked to voluntarily complete an electronic survey that examines depression and anxiety among working R.T.s. In particular, you will be asked questions about your current mental health, shiftwork, and strategies used to cope with depression or anxiety.
Please be looking for the email and consider participating in the study. Your input is great appreciated!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the researchers:
Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed., R.T.(R), FASRT
Kevin R. Clark, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM), FAEIRS
Tammy L. Webster, Ph.D., M.P.A., R.T.(R)(M), FAEIRS
Welcome to Advanced Health Education Center
Advanced Health Education Center is located in Houston, TX and has been a leading provider of continuing education for healthcare professionals in the imaging sciences since 1988. Our mission is to provide you, the radiologic technologist, physician, sonographer, nurse, etc. with evidence-based education and training that will increase your knowledge, enhance your competency, and improve patient care.